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Poster: dc2 Date: Jan 10, 2008 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What makes a great show- [1971-1977]?

Blacklakelight invited me to recall the shows that I attended in the 1970's [70 or so], and I wondered why some immediately seemed more transforming than others. My first show [12/5/71] was amazing-it was a small crowd of very, very high people [I realized this much later] led on by these energetic musicians who were turning music, second by second, into moments to reflect upon life. I was totally hooked, but I didn't know by what. 9/8/73 and 5/8/77 excelled, as I reflect upon it, because the energy that was built up was exceeded over and over again, never letting up. 4/23/77 had an exciting Franklin's Tower, but it imploded with a letdown Not Fade Away, that seemed to wipe away the ecstatic moments previous to it. Many concerts had that formula, with great sections, but not a seamless euphoria. So I sense that a great concert was one where from the middle on, this was the only place many of us there, musicians included, wanted to be in the world, without any doubt, until the show ended, with not one second of letting up. So rare! What do you think?

This post was modified by dc2 on 2008-01-10 17:19:26

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 11, 2008 5:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What makes a great show- [1971-1977]?

Two things--and neither is necessarily more important. First, the show needs to be a good one--as in the case of 12-5. Second, the experience must also be sublime. The crowd, the mood, the vibe, the venue, whom you were with, how into the Dead you were, and so on.

For example, imagine the Fillmore packed with sixties hippies on pure, clean LSD, open to the music, dancing, watching the light show, tribal, amazed.

What makes for a good show musically is very subjective. Excellent playing, tight yet emotional readings of the songs, played the way you like it, set list that makes you happy, style of playing, keyboardist, year, etc.

But back to 12-5: I wqs there as well, and I must concur with your opinion.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 10, 2008 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What makes a great show- [1971-1977]?

anytime the boys (Jerry) showed up to play the potential was there for great things...the Dead needed to be in a good space to get things going really good...even then it was unpredictable...

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Jan 10, 2008 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What makes a great show- [1971-1977]?

anytime darkstar or morning dew is in the setlist, it's probably a good one.

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